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If you could only take ONE Linux game with you to a desert island, what would it be and why?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 20. Juni 2018 - 13:16

Howdy penguins, got a question for you:

If you could only take ONE Linux game with you to a desert island, what would it be and why?

This is a question for the Feral newsletter. Some of your answers will be published in the newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.

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Prime Mover, an open-ended puzzle game about designing circuit boards adds Linux support

Gaming on Linux - 20. Juni 2018 - 12:43

Tags: Puzzle, Indie Game, Steam

You all love your programming puzzle games right? Prime Mover is a puzzle game about designing circuit boards and it's now on Linux.

I have to admit, after basically falling in love with Opus Magnum from Zachtronics, I'm quite keen to try out more games like it. Prime Mover certainly looks the part and it seems users are liking it on Steam.

Here's what the developer said about it:

Prime Mover is a game about designing circuit boards from 4Bit Games. In this open-ended puzzle game, you build circuit boards to solve a wide variety of logic and computer science inspired problems. Compare the speed and efficiency of your unique solutions with your friends and the world. Work your way from transistor to processor, uncover the story of the Byte of Burden!

Features:

  • Design and build Circuit boards that solve a wide variety of logic and computer science inspired problems
  • There are infinitely many ways to solve every puzzle, but some solutions are better than others! Compare your solutions with your friends on the online leaderboards and monitor trends with the global histograms
  • Utilize a wide variety of components in your quest for optimization! Create circuits boards within circuit boards, within circuit boards!
  • Score by the amazing Jonathan Geer, composer of the Owlboy soundtrack
  • Memory fragments are scattered across the blueprint. Retrace the path of the Prime Mover to uncover the story of the Byte of Burden!

Seems it may have come to Linux as a result of user requests. Available only from Steam.

Reverse engineered source code for Diablo is now on GitHub

Gaming on Linux - 20. Juni 2018 - 12:17

Tags: Misc

This is a bit of a surprise! Someone going by the name 'GalaXyHaXz' has put up source code for the original Diablo that was apparently reverse engineered called 'Devilution'. It doesn't have the data, so you do need a copy of the original to work it.

The goal of Devilution itself is to recreate the original source code as accurately as possible, in order to ensure that everything is preserved. This goes as far as bugs and badly written code in the original game. However, it becomes a solid base for developers to work with; making it much easier than before to update, fix, and port the game to other platforms.

As a side goal, Devilution helps document the unused and cut content from the final game. Development of Diablo was rushed near the end--many ideas were scrapped and Multiplayer was quickly hacked in. By examining the source, we can see various quirks of planned development.

I don't know enough about that myself to say if it's legit, legal or anything, but it's still rather interesting. It's especially fun, since in the FAQ, the developer noted they plan a separate project to update it with a Linux port with OpenGL, modernize the UI and much more.

On the project page, the developer notes that it can apparently run in Wine on Linux right now.

It will be interesting to see what Blizzard do as a response to this. Find it on GitHub.

Thanks for the tip Roney.

Free and open source racer 'Yorg' has a new build out with experimental multiplayer

Gaming on Linux - 20. Juni 2018 - 12:00

Tags: Free Game, Open Source, Racing

Remember Yorg? The free and open source racer I showed a little of back in March has a fresh update out with experimental multiplayer.

Very experimental that is, here's what they said about it:

We want to stress that the multiplayer support is very experimental. So, you may see crashes, and we apologize for that. We've tested it a lot using our machines, but there are a lot of scenarios out there that may not have been caught by our tests.

In order to play a multiplayer race, you need an XMPP account. There are a lot of services which provide free XMPP accounts. We suggest creating a new XMPP account for playing Yorg since our XMPP support is still experimental.

Please note that if you want to host a match then you need to open the port 9099 of your router and your firewall (here is a guide for checking if your port is actually open).

We're already working on this limitation (and many other improvements): this is an experimental feature and this is NOT the definitive implementation.

That's not all this release has! They also included a brand new snow-covered map, new translations, a refined driving model (which is still just as hilarious), a bloom effect and bug fixes.

Release trailer:

Going to keep a keen eye on this one, with the right amount of polish it could end up being a really fine racer.

You can grab it here and see the sources on GitHub

The shoot 'em up 'Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo' is now available on Linux

Gaming on Linux - 20. Juni 2018 - 11:50

Tags: Action, Arcade, Shoot 'em up, Steam

Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo is probably one of the most insane shoot 'em ups I've ever played and it's now on Linux. 

They announced a call for testers only a day ago which was an opt-in beta, but they've already pushed the Linux version out officially. I had a chance to try it after speaking to the publisher who joined our Discord to have a little chat about it. 

Note: It will need some 32bit libs installed (list here), however they're porting it to GameMaker Studio 2 so hopefully it will be 64bit in future.

Official feature list:

  • Seventeen ships with unique stats and weapons to suit a variety of playstyles
  • Six stages of classic shmup action (and savage bosses) in Arcade Mode
  • An infinite onslaught to satisfy your scoring itch in Endless Mode
  • The supreme timed challenge of Boss Rush Mode 
  • A range of difficulty options, from calm and newbie-friendly to basically impossible
  • Fully voiced cutscenes for the two people looking for a good story
  • New mechanics like Overdrive & Focus that help you kill more things and get more points
  • A (nearly) complete graphical overhaul
  • Still a whole lot of explosions (like you were ever worried)

You can grab it on Steam.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! had an absolutely huge content update

Gaming on Linux - 20. Juni 2018 - 11:36

Tags: GOG, Steam, Humble Store, Indie Game, Simulation

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is a challenging and surprisingly good restaurant sim that just had a whopper of an update. Really fantastic to see it continue to have such big updates.

The "Barista Update" went live this week, which has added in twenty-four new food and drink items. As the update name would suggest, a lot of these are coffee-shop type items including various forms of Lattes, milkshakes, Tea and so on.

There's also three new restaurants, new achievements, 119 new objects added to help design your restaurant, increase in visual fidelity and resolution for a bunch of older food items and so much more.

Naturally it comes with plenty of bug fixes and improvements too. There may be some issues with sound on Linux, the developer is aware of it.

You can grab it from Humble Store (DRM free + Steam key), GOG and Steam.

Amd hybrid graphics

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 20. Juni 2018 - 10:46

I noticed that kernels from 4.15 and up enables my dedicated graphics card by default. Is there a way to change that?

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Usage data for X-Plane 11 as of June 2018

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 20. Juni 2018 - 03:32

X Plane has had a Linux client for quite some time now, and Laminar like to publically shows stats every few months:

https://developer.x-plane.com/2018/06/usage-data-as-of-june-2018/

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Alienware Steam Machine?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 20. Juni 2018 - 03:22

I'm new to Linux and on a budget so honestly I'm really just using it to Game on and was curious if anyone had any suggestions on games.

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Need some help configuring controller inputs on the GPD Win 2.

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 20. Juni 2018 - 01:50

So I got myself a GPD Win 2, and there's a lot of potential here, but I absolutely do not want to have to deal with Windows. I upgraded to kernel 4.16.16, which comes with a handy patch for controller compatibility, courtesy of Ethan Lee. Unfortunately, in the Xbox default button layout, the X button defaults to being "decline" and the B button defaults to being "accept", which should be B and A, respectively. I've remapped the controller using Steam BPM, but some games seem to ignore these mappings, like the Sega Genesis collection, which detects that I'm giving it controller input but certainly doesn't bother to do anything about it. I'm going out on a limb here and guessing that I might be able to remap how the buttons are read by default so that the inputs all read like a vanilla Xbox controller before we even get into Steam. Assuming I'm correct, does anyone know how I would go about doing so? I'm on Kubuntu 18.04.

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Arakion Book I - Release

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 20. Juni 2018 - 01:42

The core of Arakion is based on Blobber RPGs. With that said, Arakion takes inspiration from many games including Might and Magic, Dark Cloud 2, Dungeon Master and many more to create a truly unique experience.

https://www.moddb.com/games/arakion

https://store.steampowered.com/app/528980/Arakion_Book_One/

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GOG version of Fallout Game of the Year edition crashes every time I try to start a new game.

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 20. Juni 2018 - 00:20

I recently brought Fallout Game of the Year edition from GOG recently. Install it through Playonlinux,and I will get as far as the title screen,and try to start a new game,and it crashes. My specs are Ubuntu 16 OS,64-bit,8GB of RAM,Intel Core 2 Duo CPU,and an Intel Integrated Graphic card. Thanks.

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The Way of Life: DEFINITIVE EDITION is now available on Linux

Gaming on Linux - 19. Juni 2018 - 21:23

Tags: Steam, Indie Game

The Way of Life: DEFINITIVE EDITION officially arrived on Linux yesterday. A story-based game that aims to tackle some serious themes. A game that's supposed to make you think a little, sometimes we do need to slow down a bit.

Doesn't have many review on Steam and the few critic reviews out there gave it a pretty mixed reception. Not one I've played myself, so here's how they describe it:

 

The Way of Life DEFINITIVE EDITION will make players live several life experiences from the point of view of three characters of different ages: an adult, an old man and a child.

The game’s strength is that every experience has a different gameplay mechanic, one that makes the player really feel the character's limits, feelings and fears in every situation. The only thing the three characters have in common is the first person view, which fully immerses the player in every character’s life.

The Way of Life DEFINITIVE EDITION tells stories about several serious themes: from euthanasia to the death penalty, from war to love, from bullying to discrimination. Every one of them is tied to the other by the game’s main themes: personal growth and the different ways of perceiving reality.

You can find it on Steam. Also see the free version for a brief tester.

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